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ALEXANDER,  YON  HUMBOLBT.                   35
European coast, and which, in the Increasing distance.,
was   scarcely distinguishable   from    the   stars   which
rose on the horizon !     His looks and Bonpland's were
involuntarily fixed on It.     " Oh/* he exclaimed, years
afterwards,  cc these impressions will never be erased
from my memory!    How many recollections does not
ojic bright spot  shining unsteadily over the agitated
waves in   the   darkness of   night, and pointing out
the shores of our native earth, recall to the imagina-
tion !"
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